I wrote a book. It might not be perfect, but it is mine – all mine.
I have been ghostwriting Amish Romance Novels for quite a while now, and my husband told me I should think about doing my own book. I kind of laughed when he first mentioned it thinking – Yea no way I could ever do that. Then I started doing some research on the popularity of Amish Romance and found out it is HOT. Women love these clean romance novels. So by doing my searching, I then found by accident, the books I had been ghostwriting and I started reading the reviews. Now the author changed the names and added a few details to the books but the story is mine, but the reviews were all 5 stars so it really got me thinking.
Long story short – I did it. Not sure where this will go, but it has opened my writer’s gate and the floods of ideas are coming faster than I can handle it.
This is a story about music. Not only is it about music, it is about the love of music. It is about the creation of something so powerful that people will flock to buy, download and at times steal just to listen to it. It is also about dreams. Dreams, that a man had one day to let the world know about his music. It is about perseverance, dedication, stubbornness, satisfaction and pure unadulterated joy.
This story is about my husband, a man who loves music and a man who fulfilled two dreams he had despite the odds against him and all those who said he could never do it.
Not only does he love to play the guitar, he also loves to write lyrics and over the years, he has written several songs, which are filed away in a big white lyric binder in his office. Of all those pages of lyrics, four of them had special meaning to him and he felt they needed to be set to music and heard. He believed in them and he believed that the lyrics were powerful enough to have an impact in the music world. Different bands that he had formed over the years performed the songs at some of the smaller gigs they played and they were always met with great applause from the various audiences.
Fulfilling his first dream to play live was crossed off his list several years ago, when he had the opportunity to play at a Woodstock type concert in a small town called Ettyville, Ontario. Even though it took him a few Mikes Hard Lemonades to get up on stage, once there, he didn’t want the evening to end.
His next dream was to record a CD with four of his original songs. Whether the CD was ever played anywhere, didn’t matter. He just wanted something that he could look back on and say – I Did This.
Bands come and go and life has a habit of getting in the way, so the dream of recording had to be put on hold for a while. The idea of recording was brought up to one of the bands he had played in but all the band members felt they weren’t good enough to record not to mention the cost that was involved. Being a very stubborn man (yes, stubborn) he decided he would take a different route. He hired a music producer who brought in session musicians and a singer. Hiring Steve Foley of Audio Valley Recording in Ottawa, was one of the best decisions he made. Brian brought him the clay and Steve molded them into masterpieces.
The CD – 2901 – Straight Ahead contains four songs, full of meaning and emotion.
Tip of My Soul is a tribute to musicians like Buddy Holly, Ronnie Van Zant and all other artists who left us either by accident or by self destruction and even Brian’s Mother who died of cancer way to young. He believes that any talent he has was bestowed on him by his Mother who made sure that her son not only played a musical instrument but played it well.
Jagged Glass, also named after a band he played in for a while was written as a result of being in a very difficult and painful relationship, and his message to anyone entering into one is to tread slowly, stand your ground, be yourself, and don’t tolerate bullshit that gets thrown your way.
Loud as Hell is a result of dealing with a table full of bullies at a wedding he was photographing, who constantly badgered him about the fact he wasn’t smiling and also from the constant reminders from his band mates that his amp was too loud, which Brian would always replay – It can never be TOO LOUD.
Straight Ahead was inspired by the 3 long term relationships in his life, the transitions between these relationships, the mistakes he freely admits he made along the way, and finally finding that one person who completed him and how now after all these years, he can finally move Straight Ahead.
I am so very proud of my husband. Most people have dreams they never fulfill and as they grow older they look back on their lives and have many regrets. My husband had a dream and he made it happen. He had to sacrifice a lot to get there, but he did it. There were some brick walls along the way that had to be pushed down, but that never stopped him. He never gave up. Every time I listen to these four songs, I feel nothing but pride.
Please consider downloading the EP and the sale of the CD will be coming soon on Amazon – and if you love the music, please spread the word. I believe in these songs and I believe the world needs to hear them. The only thing I ask, is when you listen to them – play them Loud as Hell.
Hello you wonderful people out there. It has been a crazy week and I have not bothered to update my blog. I shouldn”t say not bothered because that is not correct. I have worried about not being able to update it. I have just been too frikken busy. It has been very hectic at my day job and I try to do as much writing as I can in the evenings. I was working on (actually just finished today) another Amish Fiction Romance story, but this time I hit a brick wall in terms of where I wanted the story to go. It felt like all my creativity disappeared and I couldn’t for the life of me, think of anything. I would sit down at the laptop and pouffff, my mind would go blank. Isn’t it strange how that happens. This weekend, I sat down Saturday morning and it was as if the ideas started to flow like lava – I managed to finish a 13,000 and some book in two days. Isn’t it funny how that works?
For some of you thinking, Does this woman not have a life? I will explain. My wonderful husband is on the waiting list for back surgery so his evenings and weekends are spent lying on the couch because the pain becomes too much to bear when he is standing or sitting. He manages to go to work everyday but by the time he get home he heads straight to the couch for the remainder of the evening. My heart breaks for him because he is an active guy and having to stay put on the couch is just tearing him up. But, one has to do what one has to do. I know once he has surgery, our lives will return to normal, so until then I have lots of time to write.
Tonight is the season finale of The Walking Dead. Must say, I am excited and nervous beyond anything I have ever experienced. Who is going to die tonight? I know I will be on pins and needles through out the show.
I was going to update my Weight Loss Page even though my week has not been as successful as I wanted it to be. I have been eating healthy but there was my husbands birthday on Wednesday and of course there was cake. And with the cake there was ice cream. And of course I had to have some so that threw my eating plan way off kilter. I will make a point of sitting down tomorrow night and updating my page and hope for a better week. tI will actually be grocery week so I can buy good healthy things for me to eat.
This brings me to another beef. Adult children living at home. And I can post this rant because my kids do not read anything I write. Both my children are still living at home and going to school and the rules are that with them working strange hours I would be responsible for one meal and one meal only – Supper. If they wanted things like Ice Cream or chips or snacks or lunch items – they could buy them themselves. Is that reasonable? After all, I am not a restaurant that caters to everyone’s taste. My daughter is great – she will go to the grocery store and pick herself up items that she wants and never complains. My 22 year old son on the other hand will eat anything that he can get his hands on and that is free. At 57 I have to hide my food. Trying to buy myself healthy choices is difficult and I feel like such a meany when I do buy something and I have to say to him – Don’t Touch It’s Mine. As a Mom, we are used to providing for our children, making sure they have enough food so it is very hard to say NO you can’t have that. My son will go to the grocery store to pick up a few things and he will come back with a bag of chips and a bottle of pepsi. I wonder what his cupboards will be like when he finally moves out – two boxes of KDinner and a bag of chips. Hopefully if I get invited over to a meal, I won’t have to bring my own.
Yea, Friday. The one day of the week everyone looks forward to. I am sure it has something to do with the fact that most of us will be off for two days, but it is oh so much more than that. I thought I would share with you some of the strange things that go through my mind when I wake up on Friday.
I can hit the snooze button one extra time because traffic is not bad on Friday morning.
I can wear my jeans and get away with it, so I don’t have to think about what I am going to wear.
I usually buy my lunch on Friday so the excitement of thinking about what I will eat is right up there.
Both my kids work late on Friday night so there is just my husband and I at home – I don’t have to plan anything.
I get to spend the weekend with my husband, which is always a plus.
Tomorrow there is no alarm waking me up and even it I still wake up at 5:45 – it doesn’t matter cause it is Saturday.
That feeling of complete relaxation when you get home on Friday, knowing you don’t have to work the next day.
New episode of GRIMM is on tonight.
Saturday morning breakfasts – yummy
Friday Night Wine – always a given.
What are some of the things you look forward to on a Friday? Would love to hear about them.